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Page 2 , oursr| EDITORIAL Set clear rules about alcohol as your teen heads back to school nmhnnmmmmwuunorov snrrrounronronuucruvoruorornnvocutouts As your teen begins a new school year, they will be exposed to exciting new ex- periences and increased independence. The choices they make now — such as making new friends, trying out for the team, joining a club, or planning for life after high school—will have an impact on their future. So will the decision whether or not to use alcohol. Before you say “Kids will be kids," or “I drank alcohol when I was young and I turned out okay,” we urge you to consider these facts about under- SEE DRINKING 0N PAGE3 YOURI LETTERS V 9/ll Unforgettable even to those too young to remember Dear Editor, The day9/11 reminded me of how pre- cious life really is and how fast life flies by. I was too young to remember that day, but it still is a chapter in my life. The unforgettable day was a tragedy and I still feel that we need to embrace our loved ones and remember every day counts. We need to be with our family that day and honor the brave heroes and Dear Editor, I personally am not old enough to remember the tragic events of 9/ 11, but have talked about it with my parents. Both of them are able to say exactly what they were doing when they heard the news. The memorial for the 'IWin Towers is Dear Editor, I read the story ‘fNever Forget” at school. The story is talking about when terrorists came flying down to New York in massive jets. First, one jet flies into the first Twin Tower then minutes later the second jet flies info the last standing tower. The editorial philosophy of the lake Ste- vens is t9,provide' informative and entertaining stories about the people, events V and issues of our community. Thejournal reserves the right to edit all submitted material, whether news or edito- rial; for content, grammar, taste, style or . length to best serve the paper and the com- munity. Subhiitted items are published at the Journals discretion and reflect solely the- I opinion otthe author and are not necessar- lily the opinian‘ol the Journal or its staff. ' Letters to the editor are welcomed and j must less than 300 Words. include a signature, address and daytime phone , number tor verification. Published letters will ‘ include the letter-writer's name and city of ' l residence. Anonymous letters and letters to third parties are not accepted. No advertisements, columns, letters to the editor or other information will be published , that contain discrimination based on sex, ' color, creed, race, religion, national origin, age, sexual preference; or which are simply . in bad taste. Manhath heroines that saved many lives. They risked their lives to fight for our lives. They didn’t know who would live or die. Taking a leap for our safety they fought to keep us safe, they had courage! Please remember the heroes and allow yourself to realize how good we have it because of them. Ana Coiley, Sixth grader North Lake Middle School- beautiful, and if you haven’t had a chance yet I recommend looking it up on the internet. ‘ To honor all of the victims of 9/11, I hope to see citizens out making their community a better place for the Na- tional Day of Service this year. Jocelyn Van der Put, Sixth grader North Lake Middle School Now, today we have two big pools filled with water where the "Ii/Vin Towers stood. ‘ People will probably never forget the day of September 11, 2001. Katie Stevens, Sixth grader North Lake Middle School d 'Mns; . N A Your hometown newspaper since 1960 W Us V The lolre Stevens Journal 1816 South lake Stevens Rd, Suite 2 Lake Stevens, WA 98258 425334-9252 Fox 425334-9239 Widow Prosidont and Publisher Desiree Cahoon Co-Publishor-Pam Stevens ' Nun: Deadline Thursday at pm. email news@lakestevensjoumal .corn Managing Pam Stevens Nina Deadline Thursday at pm. email ‘ Art Director/Graphics Shane Kontzer Graphic Designer Kelcoy Hatch Classifieds: Deadline Monday at 10 am. Call 425-334-9252 or email douifiods/Cdendar Michelle OllioeManogofiAoooiMng Leah Hughes-Anderson Dim: Distribution Manger/lorry Roll Distributed every Wednesday via US Mail to the greater Lake Stevens and Granite Falls communities. Subscription: Within Snohomish County: $47/ year, ' $42/ senior citizens. Outside Snohomish County: 360/ year, $50/ senior citizens. Lake Stevens Journal September 21,2011 YOURI LETTERS There are still questions regarding some vaccines Dear Editor, I wanted to respond to Dr. Shiftin’s recent editorial piece regarding vaccina- tions. There is a large volume of information regarding vaccinations, and not allof it is pretty. ' Dr. Shifrin seemed to brush away all of the criticisms by calling them “perceived risks." While there may be a lot of misleading information out there, there have, in fact, been many problems with vaccinations in the past, and many, many, intelligent criticisms of the current mandated vac- cination regimen. Although not currently used in vac- clues, as late as the year 2000, thimerosal (a compound that is 49.6 percent mer- cury by weight) was used as a preserva- tive agent in some vaccines and there is a substantial body of evidence that these immunizations cause autism in some recipients. It should give us pause. ,_ Currently there is much debate (it was Dear Editor, In order to clean up this town, how about the city council ban all these signs. Election signs and homebuilder signs lit- ter our roads and it is just an eye sore. Some of these developers even plaster their house signs in other HOA’s land— scgpe areas. Most of these signs just, end up‘as trash far us to pick up or to litter the lake forever. Let’s start the fines at say $500 per sign. That should get their attention. Also, it’s just downright shameful at all the back slapping and atta boys regarding a subject of the most recent republican presidential debate) about the man- dated Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine. According to a 2009 study by' Ohio State University, while this vaccine may, in fact, reduce the occurrence of HPV and small percentage of subsequent occurrences of cervical cancer, the long term effects of the immunization are not known. According to the study, the vac- cination has caused fainting, headaches, , and dizziness. It’s interesting to me that the govern- ment would mandate a vaccine that may have risks, in order to prevent a sexually transmitted disease, while at the same time, legislating against teach- ing abstinence based health curriculum that would, if followed, be 100 percent effective—with no side effects. At any rate, the jury is still out, and this should be, in my opinion, a parental choice, not a state mandate. Iim Jacobson Lake Stevens Election‘new home signs should be banned in Lake Stevens the Sewer District in this paper. I am sure proud to pay $65/month which may be going to $80/ month just for sewer service. The people in this town should have had a vote on this project. I think five to 10 people rammed it through and I can- t not imagine how this town will pay for it in the years to come. ‘ ' The bmiksfailed,*thebuildersure bunk- rupt, and the country is broke, but the ribbon cutting will be wonderful. Brad Thayer Lake Stevens Privatizing liquor sales will earn the state much needed money Dear Editor, Ads with first responders are already hit- ting the television that are against I- 1 183, privatizing the liquor sales in the state. Here’are some true facts about I-1183 which includes the state selling or termi- nating leases on state liquor store proper- ties, not having more state employees to pay and provide expensive benefits. Currently Washington is ranked the second most restrictive in liquor stores per capita‘in the Western United States and with the passing of HMS we will be Currentlywe have 328 state liquor stores and I-1183 will increase that number to 1,428. PET THIS WEEK The ads say that liquor will be at local éonvenience stores, which is untrue, stores must be at least 11,000 square feet. The Office of Financial Management (OFM) estimates that the state will see an increase in revenues by over $200 mil- lion and another $200 million for local governments over the next six years. Also more importantly it provides our citizens with more freedom of choice and increasing decision freedom is the most important aspect of the initiative. The state's monopoly goes back to the ending of prohibition and it is time to end this practice this year. Todd Welch Lake Stevens ' Noah Animal'Adoption Center, 360-629-7055 , ‘ 31300 Brandstrom Rd - Stanwood Domestic Medium Halt Spuyod Female 8 your: old ’ ‘ This sweet, and very large kitty is Sherrie, and she's looking tor her forever home. She to very friendly, likes to be held, and loves to cuddle. She is the type of girl that never has anything to complain about. and she just loves life. She is a little older and is looking for a nice quiet home to relax in! It you think she might be the girl for you, please oomeandseehertodayl WWW Snohomish Station Snohomish 425-322-4012